NYU Wireless Researchers are Helping the FCC Shape the 5G Standard

first_imgNYU WIRELESS is the first university center to combine wireless engineering, computing, and medical applications research all under one roof. This center is home to unprecedented experimentation with mmWave spectrum, including pioneering research on propagation measurements, radio channel modeling, system simulation and antenna technology. The center, led by Professor Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport, answered a call for input by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help shape 5G, the ultra-fast future of wireless communications. They gave a comprehensive set of recommendations to assure that the United States remains both innovative and competitive in the fierce global race to develop technologies to meet the demand for mobile data.The per-user consumer demand for mobile content is on pace to increase between 60 and 100 percent each year for the foreseeable future, placing impossible burdens on the grossly overextended spectrum utilized by today’s mobile technologies. Current mobile services rely on spectrum below 3 GHz, offering transfer rates at tens of megabits per second (4G/LTE).By contrast, the mmWave occupies frequencies from 30 to 300 GHz, many times higher than frequencies in which today’s cellular systems operate. In this new spectrum, much wider radio channels can be used, and services promises to be much faster. The NYU WIRELESS researchers explain it will support high-bandwidth content at speeds exceeding 10 gigabits per second—a thousand times today’s current mobile phone download speeds. These speeds will be needed for cloud-based applications and to support new technologies as autonomous cars, wireless medical devices, and the Internet of Things—the growing web of interconnected digital devices for the home and office. The researchers point out that their recommendations could allow current cellphone carriers to keep up with demand while spawning new local carriers and new content distribution models as well as technology breakthroughs.The FCC’s development of an effective strategy for unleashing the mmWave spectrum has wide implications, both domestic and global. Rappaport and his NYU WIRELESS colleagues outline their recommendations to guide this process, which fall into three main areas: global competitiveness and regulation, safety, and feasibility and timing.last_img

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